This is a Temporary, Full-time position.Category: Production
The National Arts Centre (NAC) is seeking applicants for three (3) term positions as Production Assistants. Terms are for a period of five (5) weeks commencing May 17, 2010. Duties for two of the positions will include assisting the Lighting Coordinator(s) and the NAC Technical Directors during the Canada Dance Festival. The duties for the other position will include assisting the Production Director and the management of the Canada Dance Festival during the course of the festival with logistical and administrative functions. As the Production Department at the NAC functions in a collaborative manner all three positions will be called upon to assist with ongoing projects and shows beyond the scope of the Canada Dance Festival.
As summer programming has not yet been finalized there may exist an opportunity for candidates to be extended beyond the initial term. This will be based on both the needs of the National Arts Centre and the availability of the individual interns.
• Currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of post-secondary education specializing in the production of performing arts or equivalent experience
• Willingness to undertake challenging work that does not conform to regular schedules
• An ability to work unsupervised while maintaining goals and an attention to detail
• An understanding that as this is a junior position there will be a number of mundane and tedious tasks that will need to be completed in exchange for larger experience
• Proficiency in AutoCAD, Lightwright and Microsoft Office
• A proficiency in both official languages is an asset but not required
• Valid driver’s license would be an asset
The deadline for applications is March 14, 2010. Phone interviews will be conducted March 29 – April 2, 2010.
Prospective candidates should forward a cover letter indicating why you are applying for a position as well as the position(s) you are applying for, a resume and contact information for three references that can speak to the candidate’s background in the production of the performing arts.
Background on the NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE
The National Arts Centre (NAC) raised its curtains for the first time in 1969. Created by the Parliament of Canada as a Centennial project during the 1960s, the NAC has become Canada’s foremost showcase for the performing arts.
Today, the NAC works with countless artists, both emerging and established, from across Canada and around the world, and collaborates with scores of other arts organizations across the country.
The NAC is strongly committed to being a leader and innovator in each of the performing arts fields in which it works - classical music, English theatre, French theatre, dance, variety, and community programming. It is at the forefront of youth and educational activities, supporting programmes for young and emerging artists and programmes for young audiences, and producing resources and study materials for teachers.
The NAC is the only multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts centre in North America, and one of the largest in the world.
Background on the CANADA DANCE FESTIVAL
The Canada Dance Festival (CDF) is a presenter of contemporary Canadian dance, a partner and a community player that facilitates the development of the art form, its artists and its appreciative audience. The CDF’s signature activity is to produce a biennial festival in Ottawa, which showcases recent developments in Canadian contemporary dance. In June 2008, it will bring together over 200 artists from across the country to participate in the 9-day event.